Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of wbickerton
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Hazy yellow color. Slight lacing. Banana and citrus aroma. Sweet citrus flavor. Reminiscent of Celis White and Hoegaarden White, but even fresher and better. Starts to lose its flavor after three weeks.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light auric hue. Ample, seemingly pillowy soft porcelain white head. Frothy, sparse lace remains. Musty sourdough and citrus peel hints upfront in aroma. Secondary are rounded, ripe banana esters and judicious, herbally sweet coriander. Clean and welcoming aromawise. The flavor profile exhibits a fine balance of citric acidity and grainy, bready wheat sweetness. Spicing is agreeably understated, with coriander melding seemlessly with the static clove phenol undertone. Orange peel provides more pithy bitterness rather than flavor, and serves to offset residual sweetness lending a quenching near dryness. Lightly bodied overall, but with a lightly viscous, proteinaceous mouthfeel from the wheat and perhaps oats used in the grist. Banana esters augment as the beer warms adding additional depth. Finishes with hints of spiced lemon juice and honeyish malt. A spot on witbier, without a single rough edge or flaw. Superbly drinkable and soft on the palate. Thanks to Bighuge for reuniting me with the Whirlwind.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the bar in a pale yellow with a slight haze. The head fell quickly to the edges of the surface.

The aroma was malty with wheat and slight coriander spice.

The flavor was coriander with slight orange and wheat. There was a slight sweetness present in the flavor.

The finish was dry and crips with slight spice lasting long into the aftertaste . The body was medium to medium light and had a nice carbonation level.

Chalice at CAH Innsbrook. One of the better American made Witbiers.

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Photo of PaleAleHater
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very impressed by this witbier. I'm not normally a fan of victory's super hop'd brews, especially in the summer, but this is a nice change of pace. The taste is smooth and refreshing, not the least bit tart like some other witbier. Defintely a gulper!

Very little head, maybe a quarter inch, which quickly faded. Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Very cool label design. "Enjoy by" date was Aug. 07 04.

Really nice 1 inch head. Cloudiness from the wheat. Nice looking beer.

Spicy and slight fruit notes vary in each tasting.If you like Belgian Wheat Ales, you'll enjoy this brew. Victory states that Belgian Yeast is used in this beer.

I think this is an excellent interpretation of this style. This is one drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with freshness date. Poured into shaker.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow. The beer pours with a beautiful snow white head with nice retention. Lacing is present, though sparse. There is an unbelivable amount of yeast in this beer. Even swirling the bottle for a good 30 seconds didn't losen up all the yeast that was at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Hints of orange and clove - very spicy. A musty yeast aroma is also very noticeable.

Taste: Carbonation is very vibrant. Upon the first sip the tongue is hit with a very zesty clove flavor with hints of orange and lemon. There is also a light grain-like flavor, common with many wheat beers. This is a very smooth, extremely drinkable beer with a rather dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the best American-made witbiers on the market - simply flawless in every way. This beer is not only very tasty, but also extremely refreshing and thirst-quenching - a perfect summertime beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, poured a nice cloudy light orangy/yellow. White head. fruity, citrus nose. Medium carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Moderatly spiced. Great style for summer quaffing and wictory's attempt was crisp and refreshing on tap. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jahred
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle says to enjoy by Aug 07 '04, beer reviewed June 17 '04.

As I pour, there's a goodly amount of yeast/stuff in the bottom of the bottle, some of which I swirled into my glass. Pours a dark yellow color with a medium-sized extremely white head that disappears quickly but leaves lots of lace of my glass. The scent is barely noticeable - maybe a little coriander and yeast, but not much else.

Wow - all that yeast I poured into my glass made this taste quite yeasty (not a surprise there). Other than that, some orange and wheat come out a bit more, but this doesn't taste quite like other wits I've had. Something doesn't blend quite right. It's not particularly hoppy, spicy, malty or otherwise, som I'm not sure what I'm tasting.

Reading through other reviews for the right word as I take my last sips, I realize that Jason hit on it - this beer is quite musty, more than anything else.

Not bad, but I've had much better wits ...

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Photo of tavernjef
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of lemon juice, big fluffy white head emerges quickly and leaves thusly as so, lace drips back quickly into the glass leaving very miniscule spots sticking. Aroma is all wit beer, zippy with lemon and bright orange rind spice, other yeasty spices, coriander, and a beefy wheat sharpness. Taste is more of the same, zippy and fresh with lemon and orange peels and pulp, spicy citrus, wheaty sharpness. Mellows out nicely as it warms. Good feel for a Witbier, kinda fluffy, medium body, soft with a good carbonation zip still presenting itself. Finishes spicy and then floats into wheat textures and touches of citrus. This was very nice to drink once it sat a while, at first out of the fridge and cold, it was almost too much, so let it sit and enjoy it more then.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body at the beginning of the pour is clear, but as the yeast contained in the bottom third of the bottle is poured in, the clouds roll in. Very pale, yellowish white color screams out the wheat based origin. The carbonation is minimal, with the small head quickly pulling a disappearing act.

The smell is sweet-sour malts with a slight hint of clove. The taste is refreshingly light with a lasting tart lemon feel up front, and a flash of sweetness followed by a bit spicy bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and does no display any watered down characteristics.

Not a bad finish to the BIF 7.0 package, courtesy of Foxman.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aahh, this is one of my favorite summer thirst quenchers, and close to one of my favorites of the style; i think definitely the class of the amrican wit style. Pours a beautiful lemon- yellow color with a two inch+ foamy white head. Excellent clarity and glass-lacing. aroma of corriander citrus, lemon, citron, almond essence. Taste is so wonderfully refreshing, crisp lemony with a hint of anise. the memories of ocean surf and walks along the beach on the cape and at the shore linger and linger. Similar to the taste experience that rides though the palate for wholesome satisfaction. Very, very mellow, balanced and refreshing. Wonderfully satisfying happy-style beer. A "cool" beer.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a Victory beer in quite a while. This did not disappoint especially on a summer afternoon. Poued a super hazy yellow color with virtually no head. Smelled juicy and ripe like mellon or peach. The taste was pure pineapple taste with a slight tart citrus flavor, but not quite lemon. It was very juicy and full bodied for a witbier. The mouthfeel is perfectly tart and scratchy and full of tiny bubbles. Tastey beer and perfect for the summer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque cloudy orange-yellow topped with a two finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Lots of clove, some tobacco, spicy, bubblegum sweetness in the aroma.
Hay, orange, lemon zest in the taste, coriander, pie spices (nutmeg,cinnamon). Note of pit fruits (peach/apricot).
Medium bodied

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Photo of ngandhi
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bland but enticing example, Whirlwind Wit is well-balanced overall with a hearty and flavorful, lightly clovey wheat yeast strain much like White Labs Hefeweizen IV, assertive coriander all around, and a cooling spiced orange finish.

Light phenols to style and a hint of pungency from the spice and grain that calms out into a surprising, but short, finish that isn't too dry.

This is one of America's most traditional examples of the style, but still something easily replicable with no individual character whatsoever. Textbook, for what it's worth.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light yellow in color. Head was pretty thin with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Heavy yeast smell right up front with a nice citrusy hoppy sort of smell below.

T: Astringent, yeast-like bitterness flashes quickly by. Finish mellows out quite nicely, with a nice amount of sweetness that has just a bit of a lemony zing to it. Nice balance of flavors here.

M: Full, quite hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is fairly sharp. Carbonation is fairly high, but I think that's ok for this style of beer. Alcohol feels stronger than the stated ABV%.

D&N: Very nice, tasty with a bit of a bite.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a bad beer from Victory, and this one isn't bad, either. It is just not great. The best part about the beer is the way it looks when poured in a pint on draft. A fantastic hazy, light golden color with a good sized white head. The beer reminds me of a Hefe but lacks some of the zip and the body of a good Hefe.

Like a Hefe, the aroma is one of grain with a good deal of citrus, in this case more orange than lemon. The taste is similar to the nose, but there seems to be a bit of spiciness that may be clove. The taste was just a little less than I like in a Hefe-type beer. It compares very well to Hooegarden's, though. So, maybe they're not going for the Hefe taste.

It has a very clean and crisp feel in the mouth and is a pleasure to drink. I just would like a little more to the taste.

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Photo of necoadam
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy light orange color with some decent carbonation in this brew. Looks a little darker than some other wits on the market now. Smell consisted of some light spiciness, orange and a touch of lemon. Some yeast can be detected as well. Taste was pretty much the same as the nose. Light spice comes through with some orange and yeast blending in. Clove mixes into the action as well. Reminds me a hefe almost. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth and full-bodied. Even if you don't like the style, you have to admit that this is a damn good beer. It has a nice character but it's very controlled in the taste department. Excellent for the spring and summer months.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location.

Arrived at the table sporting a cloudy pineapple juice color. Thin layer of bright white head soon fades to a edge-only circle. Some lacing of the glass is noted. Aromas are yeasty, spicy, orange zesty, and a bready/doughy note as well. Flavor is like a cross between a mild Belgian ale and a hefeweizen. There's the wheaty flavor from the hefe mixed with the zippy spices of the Belgian. Different, and it comes off well. Crisply-carbonated and slides down the gullet quite easily. Finishes with a clean palate and just a dash of "wheatness" on the palate. Superb summer beer for these soon-to-be-arriving hot and humid Richmond summer days.

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy bright yellow, like sugary lemonade A quick two fingers of tight white head swells, then shrinks away slowly to a thin bed of froth. Thin fingers of lacing twist about the inside of the glass.

The arom brings a sharp grain sweetness that's instantly subverted by spicy notes of coriander and cloves, not to mention cinnamon and nutmeg. A yeast tang finishes with a pungent kick.

the flavor is a bit less frenetic than the aroma. A grassy grain sweetnes partners with clove and nutmeg to enliven the surface of the tongue. A mildy-baked biscuit character sits roundly in the back of the mouth. The finish is carried by a subdued melange of the spice elements. There's a sassiness here that paints the overall flavor with a fun and refreshing brush.

A bit more than light bodied, the carbonation and pert components dance in the mouth, not so much coating as bouncing about, then draining away.

I said it before and I'll say it again...it's sassy. The aroma sets a high, lively bar, and the flavor somes in at about the same level. Balanced in its way, and chick-full of tasty tidbits, it pleases the palate and glides down smooth and mellow. It's emminently drinkable if it's what you're looking for, and decently so even if it's not. Whirlwind is aptly named for all the right reasons, and it's one more reason to regard Victory as highly as we do.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a very fruity yeast scent that enhances the already dry and light wheat aroma. It has a nice banana type smell to it very nice. The taste is good, but not great. It has a nice wheat flavor with that fruity, yet dry wit yeast taste. It goes down easy and is a bit refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine wit, but I've had better. This isn't the best Victory has to offer.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Victory beer and I can definitely say I wasn't disappointed. The beer pours a hazy yellow color out of the bottle and the bottom of the bottle will usually have a good deal of yeast. The smell isn't that exciting but you can note a bit of a citrusy smell as well as a smell of spice. The taste of this beer, at least to me, is very hard to beat. It is a bit sour and full of citrus flavor. It is not a heavy beer and feels great on the tongue with its ample carbonation. As far as drinkability is concerned, this beer is one of the most drinkable you will find. I bought a six-pack a few weeks ago(along with a lot of other beers) and this time that I went back to my old reliable liquor store, I bought myself a whole case of it, something that I rarely do because I usually like to mix it up. Maybe one day I'll get sick of it but I highly doubt it. I can't wait to have these when summer comes along.

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a tap to a 12 oz. glass, the white-colored head of the Whirlwind Wit is remarkably big: three fingers initially reduced to one finger by the time I get to drink it. It is cloudy and orange-yellow in color, typical for the style.

In the nose, the aroma is spicy with hints of orange zest and banana. The banana becomes more evident when the aroma is brought into the mouth, in addition to a very crisp sensation.

It is rather rich on the first sip. The maltiness offers hints of citrus and apple. Surprisingly, the carbonation becomes more pronounced as the beer warms mid-glass. It actually becomes more refreshing as I drink it. It finishes clean and slightly sweeter.

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Photo of jtfest
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received the bottle in a trade and it was about 5 months older than its "enjoy by" date. Never-the-less ...

It looks like apple juice -- no head to speak of, and a cloudy yellowish pear-like color. There was a small amount of sediment in the bottle. The aroma had a biting spiciness reminiscent of some Belgians. The taste was very smooth and refreshing with almost a clove spice flavor and sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Very little carbonation -- I don't know if that was the result of the age, but it added to the drinkability -- it went down like a fruit juice, which also describes the mouthfeel. This would be great while grilling on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of TerryW
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has to be the most unruly beer I've ever had. It pours a ridiculously large foamy head. Took me a good ten minutes to work a 12 oz. beer into a 14 oz. glass. And after all that the head settled to just a thin, soapy looking film. The beer itself is an attractive soft hazy golden colour.

The nose is also quite soft, full of citrus fruit, apples and yeast, subtly sour. Some slight cloves and esters are there as well. Subtle banana aftertaste.

Taste is lemony sour and tart, quite cutting to the palette. Some banana and cloves.

A decent witbier, but not particularly outstanding in any way.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that has a freshness date of 9/1/03. Whoops. Head is non-existent. Fast foamy and fleeting. No lace. Just a yellow, slightly hazy pint glass. Smells of clove, spice, and a hint of grass.

Tastes oh so nice. Very fruity with a lot of that belgian spiciness I've come to love. Lots of fuit and lemon with a bit of bitter grass. Finishes slightly dry and sweet. Lots of carbonation despite having no head at all. Very drinkable.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.71 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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